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Fort Cornwallis, first built in timber on this site by Captain Francis Light in 1786, is one of the most important structures in the region. The building seen today was commenced by Light in 1793 and upgraded in 1804, though with a surrounding moat.The fort represented British protection and stability in a region of uncertainty.

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HISTORY

Francis Light, as superintendent representing the British East India Company, first stepped ashore in Penang on 17 July 1786, with the conditional permission of the Sultan of Kedah to form a settlement. The point was then covered in trees and his men were immediately put to work clearing enough room to pitch tents. Protection in an uncertain region.

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ARCHITECTURE

Fort Cornwallis is an example of a ‘star’ fort, so called because of its projecting bastions on each corner. By the time Light landed in Penang in 1786, the art of constructing defences based on geometry had been developing for nearly two centuries.Jean Errard’s La fortification réduicte en art et démonstrée, published in Paris in 1600.

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The Fort Cornwallis is romance ideals venue for a wedding to remember for the rest of your life together.

Penang’s first Chapel was built in 1799. The frist recorded married here...

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